Like many other U.S. states, Oregon has a booming construction market. Mike Salsgiver, executive director of the Associated General Contractors’ Oregon-Columbia chapter, told Construction Dive that during the depths of the Great Recession, 43% of local construction workers were unemployed. Now, he said, with the industry at record employment levels, companies cannot find enough workers to fill their payrolls.
And more major construction projects could be on the way. There’s a possibility that the region will see a $42 billion high-speed rail system.